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Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 87! 

Whether you are crossing over from Webelos Scouts, transferring from another Boy Scout troop, or entering Scouting for the first time, the experience you are about to embark upon has the potential to be one of the most memorable and rewarding of your lifetime.  And, what’s really unique about this program is that it is led by the boys themselves! 

Troop 87 has a robust program with a very wide variety of activities available to the Scouts.  The troop has a campout almost every month of the year.  One month the troop may be rock climbing and rappelling; another month they may be snow skiing; on other campouts the focus may be on basic Scout skills such as first aid, knot tying, cooking, or fire building.  Frequently our program also includes, at some point in the year, activities focused on shooting sports, wilderness survival, and leadership development.  The activities on the schedule each year depend on what the boys decide to include in their program. 

Summer time offers some even more exciting opportunities.  Typically we organize one or two summer camps for young Scouts and upcoming Eagles alike. For older Scouts (14 and up), high adventure trips are organized that might involve backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, white water rafting, or canoeing.  These are high-octane events that challenge the Scouts both physically and mentally while producing life-long memories! 

Fundamental to the structure of the program is the concept that the troop is boy-led.  This does not mean that the boys are in charge and whatever happens just happens.  Rather, consistent with the original intent of Baden Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, it means that the boys lead the troop under the direction of an adult leader.  When the first Scout units were established, Baden Powel observed:  “We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.”  At Troop 87, we fully endorse the boy-led concept and are committed to supporting the boy leadership so that they may be successful and effective in their efforts. 

For those who want to enhance their leadership skills even more, Boys Scouts of America (BSA) offers additional leadership training opportunities including National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and Brownsea, offered locally, and National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  These two programs provide world-class leadership training delivered in an outdoor setting. 

Parent involvement is an integral part of the Scouting program and key to the success of our troop.  We cannot do this program without the support and active participation of all parents.  We encourage the parents of our Scouts to become involved either on the organization and administration side through participation on our Troop Committee, or as Assistant Scoutmasters working directly with the boys in the program.  

We are excited that you have decided to join the Boy Scouts and in particular Troop 87.  We look forward to working with you and we know you are in for the experience of a lifetime! 

Please feel free to contact us anytime you have questions or need additional information,

 

Scoutmaster

Eric Buchholz

 

 

 

 

Lake Cochichewick Shore Clean Up

Posted by ccuster on Sep 13 2017 - 8:13am

  

   Volunteers needed to assist with clean up of the shore around the lake.

Please join North Andover Public Works, Conservation, Planning Departments and the Harbormaster at the Steven's Beach parking lot on Pleasant Street at 9:30 AM Saturday, October 21, 2017

Boy Scout Memorabilia Show - Collections or Scouting Heritage Merit Badge

Posted by ccuster on Sep 7 2017 - 2:27pm

Boy Scout Memorabilia Show

 October 28 @ 8AM - 1:00 PM

300 Blondin Road 
Manchester, NH 03109
 
Camp Carpenter Dining Hall
Home of the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum and Library
 
100+ tables of exhibitors
Buy/Trade/Browse

The 31st annual Boy Scout Memorabilia Show, sponsored by Daniel Webster Council BSA, is one of the most popular shows in the country. The Show sells out with exhibitors each year with 100 tables of memorabilia on display for sale, trade or show. Reminisce from your scouting days as a youth or leader, or instill the preservation of Scouting heritage in future generations. The show brings together collectors of Scouting artifacts and memorabilia from all over the country at Camp Carpenter Concessions are available during the event. 

Spirit of Adventure Council University of Scouting - November 4th

Posted by ccuster on Sep 1 2017 - 2:07pm

 

    The course schedule for SOAC's University of Scouting had been released!

    Please see the attachment for details on course titles and descriptions for this year's offerings.

Noah Norris - Eagle Project

Posted by bnorris1 on Aug 26 2017 - 2:23pm

Noah Norris completed his Eagle service project.

Eagle Palms Process Clarification

Posted by ccuster on Aug 24 2017 - 4:23pm
 
 Eagle Palms Updated: the official requirements

These are effective Aug. 1, 2017.

Eagle Projects - Adam Norris and Noah Norris

Posted by bnorris1 on Aug 21 2017 - 1:07pm

Eagle Projects - Adam Norris and Noah Norris

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